Chitungwiza residents have given their Municipality 48 hours to come up with a plan to urgently repair, maintain and install water drainage.
This follows recent flooding in some areas which resulted in the destruction of many houses.
The residents, who are being represented by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), have given the Council an ultimatum.
“We gave Chitungwiza Municipality 48 hours to respond to the residents’ request and to also share a clear framework and timeline within which the residents’ demands for repairing water drainage systems will be fulfilled”.
The Municipality was told “that its failure to ensure a functional drainage system amounts to a breach of council’s constitutional obligation to render administrative conduct which is reasonable & efficient”.
Lawyer Tinashe Chinopfukutwa also urged Chitungwiza Municipality to desist from forcing residents to evacuate from their homes without a court order as is required by the law and without offering residents reasonable alternative accommodation.
Council has previously ordered various residents to vacate houses which are illegally built.
Last month it released a list of areas in which it has earmarked over 11 000 houses for demolition.
Local Government Minister July Moyo has however advised the Council to stop the demolitions.